Learning the new ‘meanings’ of ABC

Looking at the two alphabet charts, you’d be quickly be aware of which generation you grew up in.

Whatever is the case, at least ‘A’ is still ‘APPLE’ . . .

Old Alphabet

New Alphabet

. . . so what will be next ?

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The Hive – UK’s first fully integrated University and Public Library

Hive-UK 1st integrated Uni n Pub lib

On 11th July 2012, the Hive was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen.

The Hive is the outcome of the vision and commitment of two key partners; the University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council.  Having the great ambition of creating a joint library, definitely the first of its kind and was girdled  with the set of core values that still form the backbone of what ‘The Hive’ is today.

These values are: Inspiration, Connection, Aspiration, Learning, Integration, Inclusivity, Enduring Values, Well-being, Sustainability and Visibility.

Its location emphasises the tangible link between the University and the town centre; forging a strong working relationship between Council and University.

With much thought and consideration over the sustainability of the building, and in keeping with contemporary necessity for environmental friendliness, with plent of natural light and a ‘natural ventilation strategy’, the design has adopted the use of sustainable materials that will endure. In addition, a key element of the original design brief was that 50% of the building’s energy would come from renewable sources.

To discover more about their strategy and approach, ‘buzz’ your way to The Hive

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Visit “Lost Perth” on fb if you want to see local history crowdsourcing & conversations in action

Lost Perth is my favourite local history site of the town I grew up in.  If you have no connection with this town it probably won’t resonate the way it does with the thousands of followers, but it’s worth visiting it to try to find the key to promoting your own library’s local history collection which is full of rare and lost and long forgotten images of your local area.

Take, for example, the image above. To many of you it’s simply two crumpled paper shopping bags from a store that you have never heard of. But the thousands of others, myself included, it’s a link that unlocks stories and memories from our past.

When I saw this image I was taken back to Warick Shopping Centre (Perth’s northern suburbs) in the 80s before a/c malls and chain stores and skinny caps came into fashion.  Charlie Carters was a locally owned supermarket chain with branches throughout Perth and for many of us it was perhaps our first job (my first job was as a checkout chick at Macs which was another independent chain).

From a simple image of a paper bag I am transported to Perth in the 80s, being in a parked car in a parking bay with a slight incline outside the Charlie Carters Warick store, the car rolling backwards because the handbrake came off (none of us kids ever have admitted to taking it off, we have blamed the parent of course), the hero barber from the store next door who races to the rescue and pulls the brake, and all’s well that ends well. I hadn’t thought about that in many years and I will probably not think about it again for a few decades after this but it was a good (well we thought it was funny anyway the parent probably did not) memory.

The conversations on Lost Perth are all very personal but they are all similar in many ways and are helping to connect lost communties.  This is also the role of local history groups, of which libraries play a key role. But the question is how to hook the community into the conversation like what has happened here.

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vintage library posters we love

For some Monday morning visual entertainment check out these vintage library posters. Here’s my favourite, which is yours?

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BiblioTech – the First Bookless Public Library in Texas


Come Fall 2013, a new library will be opened in Bexar County, Texas, providing visitors with a bank of e-Readers for borrowing e-books … obviously books of the traditional paper variety will be glaringly absent.  This project marks the first public library to be built as an all-digital service and just to make sure library-goers are in no doubt that it’s the 21st century, the interior will feature a design influenced by Apple retail stores.

The library, known as the BiblioTech, was announced by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. Inspired while reading Apple founder Steve Job’s biography, Wolff said he envisions several bookless libraries around the county, including in far-flung suburbs. “It’s not a replacement for the (city) library system, it’s an enhancement,” Wolff said.

Exciting ? Read more about it at BiblioTech of Texas

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View our Flickr updates

Keep up to date with our daily activities in images. We regularly update our Flickr with images of daily Civica LLD life in Australia and Singapore.

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<3 Teacher Librarians!

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‘Green’ Library in a ‘Cube’

Lib exterior

The new University of Aberdeen Library was designed by Danish architects schmidt hammer lassen, to provide a 21st century learning and research environment for students, University staff, visitors and the public.

It conceptualizes the shape of a cube evoking the ice and light of the North, expanding over eight levels, around an asymmetrical atrium offering spectacular views over the city of Aberdeen and across the North Sea.

With a vast collection of over a million of books and providing an advanced learning environment, its best achievement in the design is the ‘Green’ effort in using photo-voltaic  cells  to supplement the building’s electricity requirements. A water recycling system to collect rain water for the use in lavatories.

More about its ‘Green’ effect, read more at University of Aberdeen New Library

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Pic-of-the-Week: Old Times vs Modern Times

Old times vs modern times

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